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Health Services and DIS Programs

School Health Services and Special Programs support student success in schools with the philosophy that healthy children learn better and that all children deserve an appropriate education according to their individual needs. The programs that make up the Health Services Department are School Nursing, Nursing Procedure Support, Audiology and Hearing Conservation. The programs  included in our Special Programs Department are Adapted PE, Assistive Technology, Deaf/ Hard of Hearing Services, Inclusion Services, Speech/language Services, Occupational Therapy, Physically Handicapped Inclusion Services,  Visually Impaired Services and Orientation and Mobility Services.

School Nursing/Nursing Procedure Support

SCOE school nursing services are provided to over 14,000 students in Stanislaus County in regular and special education programs on a contractual basis.

School nurses provide health services to schools, families, and communities.  The purpose of school health services is to advance the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students by modification or removal of health related barriers to learning and by promotion of optimal wellness. 

Health Services Forms

School Nursing Includes: 
Health Assessments of Students Child Study Team Assessments and Meetings
Case Management of Student's Health Needs School Attendance Review Meetings
Health Education in the Classroom Individualized Educational Program Meetings
Health Counseling Vision Screening
Health Screening Specialized Physical Health Care Treatments
Input health information in student records and complete state mandated reports Involvement in School Safety Committees and Crisis Response Planning   


Audiology/Hearing Conservation

The SCOE Hearing Conservation Program provides state mandated hearing screenings to over 90,000 regular education and special education students in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, Merced, Calaveras, and Mono counties.  This service is provided on a contractual basis to districts and counties upon request.  Specially equipped vans travel from school site to school site to provide these screenings.

Undetected and untreated hearing loss can impair a child’s speech and language development, learning ability and social growth.  Early identification to any hearing loss is essential to provide effective treatment.

Services are provided on each school site in our hearing vans.  These vans are equipped with group screening facilities and a sound proof booth. This special equipment allows the audiometrists to conduct puretone screenings, threshold tests, and impedance testing.

Hearing Screening Forms


Special Programs

  • Assistive Technology
  • Speech and Language
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Early Start/Infant Toddler
  • Visually Impaired/Orientation and Mobility
  • Adapted PE
  • Behavior Support Specialists
  • Occupational Therapy

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is the use of an electronic or non-electronic device to help persons with written and/or verbal communication delays express themselves and/or function better. These devices may be communication boards, speech synthesizers, eye gaze devices, head pointers, text to voice software, iPads and/or computers. The Assistive Technology Specialist assesses to identify strengths and weaknesses to help determine the best communication device for their student. Then they train teacher, staff and student to use this device to communicate and learn. 


A speech/language pathologist identifies children with communication disorders. A speech or language impairment such as stuttering, delayed articulation, a receptive or expressive language impairment, or a voice disorder can adversely affect a child's educational performance. A speech pathologist works with identified students who have significant communication problems that affect their success in classroom activities, social interaction, literacy, and learning. 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing from 0 to 22 years old, whose hearing loss ranges from mild to profound. The program offers a continuum of services that is based on student need and responds to communication preferences.  Students are enrolled in regular education or special education classrooms and receive DHH services in conjunction with their instruction. Itinerant DHH teachers travel from school to school to provide services for individual students. 


Early Start/Infant Toddler

​Stanislaus County Office of Education and Valley Mountain Regional Center work in collaboration to provide services to children ages birth-2 years old in the natural environment. Families whose infants or toddlers have developmental delay or disabilities, or are at risk for developmental delay or disabilities may qualify for early intervention services.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the development progress of your child and would like information regarding a possible referral or assessment, please contact The Station at Valley Mountain Regional Center at (209) 529-2626.    


Visually Handicapped

The Vision Department at SCOE provides services and learning resources for students from 0 to 22 years old who meet the eligibility criteria for visual impairment (VI). VI support may range from daily intervention for students with intense needs such as Braille users or students with very low vision that need enlarged materials on a monthly consultation. A wide variety of adaptive equipment and support is available for individuals with visual impairments. This equipment can range from high-tech devices such as computers that produce Braille to low-tech solutions like a classroom white board to provide appropriate contrast. The VI staff will work with teachers, staff and student to recommend and obtain adaptive equipment and to teach them how to use it. 

Health Services and DIS Programs Administrative Staff:

Tamara Cervantes, Principal/Program Director
(209) 541-2361
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Andrea Brandt, Administrative Assistant II
(209) 541-2360
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Special Education Organizational Chart

Special Education School Calendars
Margaret L. Annear Preschool
Margaret L. Annear Infant/Toddler Calendar
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Program Goals 

To provide a comprehensive school program for severe, non-severe and low incidence disabled students ranging from birth to 22 years of age.  

To create educational programs that are designed to meet the unique needs and abilities of individual students who have been identified as having special needs.

To maximize each student's opportunity to achieve his or her full potential.

To develop collaborative relationships with families and public/private agencies with interests in children and adults with disabilities.

To provide support services to enrolled students that allow them every opportunity to be educated in their home school or as close to their home as possible.


SCOE Provides 

Itinerant professionals are skilled and trained, provide support to students with severe developmental, speech, language, hearing, health, orthopedic, or vision impairments to be successful in general education classes in their neighborhood schools. 

Special Day Class teachers, instructional assistants and itinerant professionals provide specially designed instruction for students with similar disabilities.  These services and classrooms are located on general education school sites which enable students to participate with non-disabled peers to the greatest extent possible. 


Contact Us

1404 Stonum Road
Modesto, CA 95351

Mission Statement

Mission Statement 

Through the caring and commitment of public education and effective leadership and instruction, we empower students and parents by supporting independence, providing opportunities through implementation of best practices, and establishing partnerships for life-long learning.

Vision Statement 

Our impact on individuals with disabilities and their families will provide independence, opportunity and hope for the future.

Key Contacts

Tami Cervantes

Principal/Program Director II, Health Services & DIS Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Special Education?

Special Education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of children who have disabilities.

I am concerned with my child's development, who do I contact for an assessment for my child who is 0-3 years old?

Call Valley Mountain Regional Center (VMRC), Early Start Station for an assessment.  (209) 529-2626

I am concerned with my child's development, who do I contact for an assessment for my child who is 3 to 5 years old?

 Call your school district's Special Education office.

What school district do I live in?

You can find out the name of your school district by going to this website and putting in your home address.

I am interested in enrolling my child in preschool, do you have any preschools that you can recommend?

You can contact Child & Family Services for assistance in finding preschool programs.  (209) 238-6300 or (209) 238-1800

My child is having difficulty in school. How do I get him assessed?

Contact your school district's Special Education Department.

What are the age groups served at John F. Kennedy (JFK) School?

Ages 5-22

What population is served at JFK?

 We serve the Severely Handicapped Behavioral population, as well as, the Multiply Handicapped and Medically Fragile populations.

How do I get my child enrolled at JFK?

The district of residence is responsible for making an offer of educational placement for their students.  If a child requires the level of supports provided at JFK, the district representative will contact JFK and invite us to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting to discuss possible placement.  Placement cannot happen through parent request.

Is John F. Kennedy (JFK) a regular school?

 JFK is a public segregated site serving special education students.  We do not have general education students being served on our campus, so we are considered a special education facility.